"They're saying that this (civil unions) is a civil rights issue. Martin Luther King was never able to change his color from black to white, but people have left the homosexual movement."**
This is a direct quote by JoAnne Georgi who is encouraging our lawmakers to vote against civil unions in Hawaii.
What Georgi fails to realize is that sexual orientation is hard wired in each of us. I don't wake up each morning and decide if it's going to be a gay or straight day for me. All of my days are gay and fulfilling. It's who I am.
GLBT literature is important because it helps people know us better and become less afraid. It also made a significant impact on my coming out as a gay man. Reading the personal experiences of people who walked a similar path in life gave me courage to be who I am.
I'll be posting more GLBT reviews soon. In the meantime be sure to join my contest for a free copy of, The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet, by Myrlin A. Hermes. It's a new book in GLBT literature. Deadline to enter is February 14.
For more posts on the importance of GLBT literature, refer to the GLBT Reading Challenge website.**Opening quotation from, "Kauai Reacts to Vote, by Michael Levine, The Garden Island Newspaper, Saturday, January 23, 2009.